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MOT data reveals drop in average mileage

MOT data reveals drop in average mileage

MOT, News
The average journey of a British driver has declined significantly from a decade ago, according to analysis of the latest MOT figures. Anonymised data of every MOT test in the country shows that cars travelled an average of 7,134 miles in 2017, down from 7,250 in 2016 and 7,334 in 2015. In 2007, the distance travelled by each car was 7,712 miles. With higher petrol prices, which rose from £1.05 a litre in 2015 to an average of £1.20 in 2017, before rising even further over the last two years. There is also the rise of car-share and ride-hailing services such as Uber and Waymo, with people relying on these for shorter journeys.  Despite a rise in car sales up to 2017, the average number of journeys made by car fell again last year, continuing a decline seen since 2002. Th
Schaeffler to continue Audi Formula E partnership

Schaeffler to continue Audi Formula E partnership

Electric Vehicles, Motorsport, News
As the 2019/20 season began in Saudi Arabia, Schaeffler and Audi announced their agreement to remain Formula E technology partners. Schaeffler and Audi have enjoyed phenomenal success since the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team made its debut in the inaugural 2014/15 series, notching up 12 wins, 40 podium places and more than 1,000 points, culminating in both Driver and Teams’ championship triumphs in 2016/17 and 2017/18 respectively. Initially a partner to the ABT Sportsline team, Audi became a factory team in 2017, and Schaeffler began developing the drivetrain that would form the basis of a championship charge. The new agreement means Schaeffler continues its role as a technology and development p
BIG Awards nominations open

BIG Awards nominations open

IGA, News
Nominations for the Independent Garage Association’s British Independent Garage (BIG) Awards have opened. Garages are being encourages to enter, and to purchase tickets for the event at the Hilton DoubleTree Milton Keynes on Friday 19th June. Garages shortlisted for an award will receive two complimentary tickets to the event, which will be hosted by Comedian Hugh Dennis. BIG award winners will receive a top accolade and recognition from the UK’s largest trade body for independent garages, plus industry-wide press coverage, marketing and business opportunities galore, helping to attract both new customers and the best talent to their garage. The categories are: Independent Garage of the Year – Overall Independent Garage of the Year – Large Independent G
Classic way for Borg & Beck

Classic way for Borg & Beck

Clutch and Transmission, Products
With more than a century’s worth of original equipment (OE) heritage when it comes to the design and manufacture of clutch systems and components, Borg & Beck is an iconic brand.  As Borg & Beck was the original supplier of clutch to the majority of British built vehicles dating back to the 1930s, it should come as no surprise that the company’s classic clutch range has become the go to option for classic car enthusiasts. The range consists of 50+ references and caters for more than 200 applications, many of which would have had Borg & Beck clutches fitted as original equipment. The range includes iconic classics such as the Aston Martin DB4, Jaguar E Type, Morris Minor, MG MGA and the Triumph
Euro Car Parts increases GKN range

Euro Car Parts increases GKN range

Clutch and Transmission, Products, Steering and Suspension
Euro Car Parts is now stocking the latest components from high-performance OE-quality supplier, GKN. Featuring Countertrack (SX) joints, Ballspline technology and innovative Propshaft designs, GKN’s parts match or exceed original equipment specifications. Available for many vehicle models, these advances are providing repairers and motorists with peace-of-mind by bringing leading-edge OEM technology to the aftermarket. “Thanks to advances like these, the aftermarket is able to keep up with the latest in automotive technology,” explained Helen Robinson, Corporate Communications Director at Euro Car Parts. “Suspension and drivetrain components are essential to vehicle operation and critical to safety. It is important that workshops and technicians take care of their customers, unders
Industry survey launched by Ben

Industry survey launched by Ben

Charity, News
Ben has just launched its latest Industry Survey to ask the automotive community about the biggest health and wellbeing challenges they face, to ensure the charity can continue offering the right support to those in need.This is the third year that Ben has run its survey and feedback will continue to enable the charity to ensure its health and wellbeing services remain relevant to those working in the industry now and in the future. This in turn will help more people deal with life’s challenges, supporting them to get their lives back on track. Ben is urging automotive industry employees to take part in its survey which asks them about a range of health and wellbeing issues. The survey is for anyone who works, or has worked, in the automotive industry. Ben is also asking automotive in
Cylinder effect at National Auto Parts

Cylinder effect at National Auto Parts

Brakes, Products
National Auto Parts has launched a brand new range of wheel cylinders for the automotive aftermarket. Launching with an initial range of 100 part numbers covering the most popular vehicles in the UK, the competitively priced programme is made to OE specifications, with further range extensions planned in 2020. Vehicle makes covered by the new range include: Audi, Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Seat and Volkswagen. Supplied in the recognisable yellow National packaging, wheel cylinders come complete with brake pressure regulating valves, included where necessary as per OE design. The new range of wheel cylinders are made from cast aluminium, extruded aluminium or cast iron aluminium depending on OE specifications. Using high qualit...
Bloodhound returns to UK after 600mph run

Bloodhound returns to UK after 600mph run

Bloodhound LSR, News
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GXtwR71huE&feature=youtu.be The Bloodhound Land Speed Record team is in a celebratory mood, having successfully completed the crucial high speed testing phase of the programme, during which it notched eye-watering speeds of 628 mph / 1,010 km/h. This places the Bloodhound LSR car, unofficially, as the sixth fastest car of all time. The tests took place on the Hakskeenpan: a dry lakebed in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa. The alkali playa is some 20 km long, and to conduct the tests a 500 m by 16 km strip was cleared of stones and had twenty straight lines painted along its length, creating the desert ‘racetrack’ on which the Bloodhound LSR car was put through its paces. Driven by Andy Green, the Bloodhound LSR c
Change at the top for Hella UK

Change at the top for Hella UK

News
Hella has announced its new UK Managing Director (MD), Neil Grant, who will officially begin his latest role in January 2020.  Neil has been the financial director (FD) of Hella UK, based in Chipping Warden, for four years and has a wealth of financial experience behind him.  Neil will be taking over from current MD, Matthew Say, who has been leading the UK operation for the past four and a half years. Commenting on his appointment, Neil said: “Becoming the MD of a company such as Hella UK is a huge honour and one that I am very much looking forward to. Having worked for the company for the past four years as the FD, I am well prepar
Bosch to acquire Unipart service centre programme

Bosch to acquire Unipart service centre programme

News
Bosch has announced its intention to acquire Unipart Group’s (UG) Automotive Aftermarket workshop programmes in the UK. These programmes include the Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC), a network of independently run garages, the KiS online garage management software, which helps to organise all daily workshop activities, and the Unipartner Consumer App. It is planned for all existing customer contracts to be transferred to Bosch. “This acquisition perfectly fits with our growth strategy for the United Kingdom and Ireland”, Steffen Hoffmann, President Bosch UK and Ireland, said. “It is a significant step that increases our network of partner garages creating new sales channels for our automotive parts, diagnostics, and workshop services with these customers.” Established in 1995, Un